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☕️ LABS OF LIBERALISM ☙ Monday, September 25, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Good news today! HHS strips funding from Wuhan lab; woke kids' history book; trans news mini-roundup; CVS locks down in NYC; SADS pilot, mRNA scientist, soccer star; progress in Texas; and lots more.
Good morning, C&C family, it is Monday! Here to start your week off right is a good news roundup including: Third annual covid summit announcement; HHS finally strips Wuhan lab of grant funding; new woke children’s history book identifies surprising Stonehenge builders; roundup of news following Newsom’s trans bill veto last Friday, with new UK study panning hormone treatments for kids and federal decision finding school gender secrecy harms everybody; New York City retailers put low price goods on lockdown; another “extremely rare” SADS airline pilot; SADS mRNA researcher; SADS British football star; Dallas Mayor switches teams to play for the Republican Party; following Paxton’s vindication, Texas GOP calls for Speaker Dade Phelan to step down; and Tucker is optimistic about where we’re headed.
🗞 THE C&C ARMY POST 🗞
🪖 Mark your calendar. The Third Annual ‘Florida Summit on Covid’ is coming this November 11th, 2023 at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida. The heterodox conference is aimed at healthcare professionals (with 6 hours of continuing medical education credits) although all are welcome. Speakers include covid standouts like Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Steven Hatfill, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Paul Marik, Dr. Richard Urso, and more.
This year’s expanded conference delves into some new areas including “The Assault on Our Food Supply” and “The Assault on Our Children,” adding other independent medical voices like Dr. Shawn Baker (Carnivore Diet) and Alfie Oakes (organic food). Florida’s Surgeon General Joe Ladapo will deliver a special address. Tickets start at $85 and are available at www.JohnLittellMd.com, where you can also find a complete speaker list.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
🦇 We’re making slow progress. The UK Telegraph ran a story yesterday headlined, “China lab suspected of Covid leak stripped of US funding for violating biosafety rules.” The sub-headline explained, “Wuhan Institute of Virology broke rules with experiments that increased viral activity more than tenfold, says health department.”
Yes, they are talking about that infamous little (big) shop of horrors, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
Finally! The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week it was ‘debarring’ the WIV, after evidence proved WIV scientists were engaging in gain of function research by inserting new spike proteins into four different bat coronaviruses. Gosh, all those technical words sound so familiar.
Sadly, ‘debarring’ does not mean “nuked from orbit” or even ” “burned to the ground and salted the earth,” it just means that WIV will be ineligible to receive any U.S. government grants, and it prohibits U.S. scientists from collaborating with WIV scientists.
According to an HHS memo, as late as 2019, the WIV’s problematic coronavirus experiments resulted in at least one chimeric virus that killed 75 percent of infected humanized mice within two weeks, and increased viral activity more than tenfold, in clear violation of government grant guidelines. In spite of that evidence, many grant-grabbing U.S. scientists continue insisting that covid coincidentally made its planetary debut five miles away at a super-low-tech farmer’s market.
But I digress.
Chinese authorities have forbidden any WIV investigation providing access to laboratories, research notebooks, or internal databases. Our mega-funded U.S. health agencies tried super hard to find out, too. The HHS’s memo even said the NIH tried to call the lab several times to ask questions but nobody called them back. Plus, HHS even “tried to contact WIV by fax and email.”
Tough customers, the Chinese, ignoring faxes like that.
Ominously, HHS’s memo also warned there’s no reason to think the WIV has stopped doing all that gain-of-function research, saying: “There is risk that WIV not only previously violated, but is currently violating, and will continue to violate, protocols of the National Institutes of Health on biosafety.”
There is risk? You don’t say. It only took three years for that risk to occur to the geniuses in the federal government.
Oh well. Debarment is a temporary measure and usually lasts three years, but we’ll see what happens this time. The fickle winds of politics never stop blowing, do they? It’s only the wind’s direction that changes.
Still, it’s progress and I will take it. We will keep the drums beating.
🔥 You had to know this was coming. The UK Telegraph ran a startling story last week headlined, “Stonehenge was built by black Britons, children’s history book claims.”
The book, published by Bloomsbury and promoted by woke British-government-funded literacy charity The Book Trust, informs kids of the fact that “Britain was a black country for more than 7,000 years before white people came, and during that time the most famous British monument was built, Stonehenge.”
Now you know. So please stop perpetuating the ignorant and offensive lie that it was white pagans who built the stoney monument.
Sadly, one aspiring author’s dreams of writing his own childrens’ history book were shattered when he read the Telegraph’s article about Black British History, because he was just about to write a book teaching children that Stonehenge was actually built by trans people. In his own words:
Let this be a lesson to you. The first mover advantage is real. Don’t just sit on your woke profiteering ideas. Get them out there fast, before someone beats you to the virtue-signaling gravy train.
🔥 As I reported this weekend, late Friday night Governor Newsom vetoed an awful bill that would have required California judges considering custody disputes to give preference to parents who “affirm” their child’s gender dysphoria. It sounds like good news but outraged California leftists are now calling for state legislators to override Newsom’s veto.
For example, consider this tweet from “independent journalist” Erin Reed (200,000+ followers):
Fortunately, California’s legislature has not overridden a gubernatorial veto since 1979. Hopefully, this bill won’t become the first override since then. But just in case, it is worth reminding folks of the high stakes to the children, and I apologize for doing this to you, but behold this January 2022 New York Magazine cover, which re-defined the ancient concept of “penis envy”:
Although “Gabriel’s” leg was heavily airbrushed, you can still see the absurd cost she paid to obtain her prominent Pirola package and, in her inflamed imagination, to join the boy’s club. In case you missed previous explainers, Gabriel’s Nazi-inspired doctors harvested a huge chunk of her leg to make a non-functional appendage and she still needs to put the seat down to urinate.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but that is not healthcare. That is surgical mutilation, adventures in plastic surgery, and magical thinking at its worst. Never before have we treated mental illness with extreme surgical modification to make someone’s body more consistent with their self-perceived psychological identity delusions.
What we really need is a bill to strip any doctor of their medical license for performing that Frankensteinian surgery.
Next, consider this UK Daily Mail headline from just last Thursday, about a new study following kids taking puberty blockers:
Originally, and bad enough, the study found there was no improvement in the kids’ mental health as the numbers showing improvement equaled the numbers that got worse and netted out to zero benefit. But the continuing study, now updated, shows that on net, a third of kids are getting worse.
In June, unlike in the U.S., England’s National Health Service announced that puberty blockers could only be given to pediatric gender dysphoria patients as part of clinical research.
In similar vein, there was a fabulous decision in California federal court last week in the case Mirabelli, et al. v. Olson, et al.. A federal judge enjoined enforcement of an Escondido Union School District’s policy preventing teachers from telling parents about their kids’ gender dysphoria. One section of the opinion was especially terrific, the part finding that the woke secrecy policy harmed everyone involved:
(The Parental Exclusion Policy) harms the child who needs parental guidance and possibly mental health intervention to determine if the incongruence is organic or whether it is the result of bullying, peer pressure, or a fleeting impulse. It harms the parents by depriving them of the long recognized Fourteenth Amendment right to care, guide, and make health care decisions for their children. And finally, it harms plaintiffs (teachers) who are compelled to violate the parent’s rights by forcing plaintiffs to conceal information they feel is critical for the welfare of their students -- violating plaintiffs’ religious beliefs.”
All that news has been slow to reach America’s laboratories of liberalism. Let’s pray that California’s history of non-overrides holds this time.
🔥 New York City’s retailers are starting to respond rationally to the City’s failure to prosecute so-called “low level crimes” like shoplifting, by locking down even low cost items, like toothpaste:
Precautions like this dramatically increase employee labor, which in turn increases what economists call the “transaction cost” of every single purchase. It’s crime inflation. The unstated “equitable” goal is to free the police up to prosecute the middle class for things like protesting in front of abortion clinics, and to pressure citizens into agreeing to federalize local law enforcement.
Ding-dong! (Wait several minutes.) Can I get a pack of adult diapers, please? Thanks. Ding-dong! Now could I grab some genital wart ointment? Thanks!
💉 It’s extremely rare! On September 23rd, Alaska Airlines pilot Eric MacRae died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep in his HOTEL ROOM during a layover. As far as I can tell, there’s a complete news blackout on Eric’s death, except for a small note on Alaska Airlines’ website.
Thanks to the pilot death news embargo, I couldn’t determine Eric’s age, but he looks young and the other available facts seem to confirm that. Presumably, Eric would have gotten behind the stick the next morning when he could have had his heart attack during flight.
Update: commenters reported that Freedom Flyers says Eric was 37.
Eric leaves behind two young children and his wife Chael, an Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant.
💉 Award-winning Ontario mRNA researcher Jerry Pelletier, PhD, 61, died this weekend after a short battle with cancer, which ironically was his area of research speciality.
Not much has been reported about his death. In life, Jerry was a “pioneer” in mRNA cancer treatment. For example:
Canada featured particularly strict covid shot mandates for academics and healthcare professionals, and one would assume that Jerry was a fan of mRNA treatments like the covid jabs. You’d think since he was a cancer researcher, there’d be a little more interest in his ironic death from cancer. Not only isn’t Jerry’s type of cancer or his diagnosis mentioned anywhere, there also aren’t any news reports I could find of him getting cancer in the first place, leading me to conclude it came on quickly.
💉 Yesterday the UK Sun ran a story headlined, “GONE TOO SOON Maddy Cusack death updates — Sheffield United star dies at 27 after signing new deal as cause not yet revealed.”
The young soccer phenom died AT HOME on September 20th, but — typically — no cause of death has been released. Maddy had just signed her biggest sports contract yet. Tributes for the deceased star were held across Britain during this weekend’s games.
This morning, the Derbyshire police issued a statement about Maddy’s death:
“We were called to a property in Lady Lea Road, Horsley, just after 6.35pm on Wednesday 20 September. A woman, in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family are aware and are being supported by specialist officers.
Early on, Maddy starred in a pro-vaccine commercial encouraging folks to get the jabs. CLIP: Maddy Cusack in pro-jab video clip (0:14).
🔥 Apparently Dallas isn’t ready to follow New York City into Gotham City status. The Dallas Morning News ran an encouraging story last Friday headlined, “Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announces he is switching to Republican party.”
On Friday, the leader of one of Texas’s biggest cities, Johnson — who won re-election this year with a resounding 99% of the vote — announced he was changing his party affiliation in a remarkable Wall Street Journal Op-Ed:
Here’s how Mayor Johnson explained his seismic decision in the WSJ (edited for brevity):
American cities need Republicans—and Republicans need American cities. Unfortunately, many of our cities are in disarray. Elected officials have failed to make public safety a priority or to exercise fiscal restraint. Most of these local leaders are proud Democrats who view cities as laboratories for liberalism rather than as havens for opportunity and free enterprise.
Too often, local tax dollars are spent on policies that exacerbate homelessness, coddle criminals and make it harder for ordinary people to make a living. And too many local Democrats insist on virtue signaling—proposing half-baked government programs that aim to solve every single societal ill—and on finding new ways to thumb their noses at Republicans at the state or federal level. Enough. This makes for good headlines, but not for safer, stronger, more vibrant cities.
Laboratories for liberalism! I’m stealing that one. And “virtue signaling!” Nice turns of phrase.
Johnson’s shift makes him one of only two Republican mayors in the top 10 largest cities in America. Both Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, recently acquitted in his impeachment trial, welcomed Mayor Johnson to the GOP.
There’s plenty to criticize from the Mayor’s democrat past. For instance, Johnson was a big “pandemic of the unvaccinated” jab pusher during the late, great unpleasantness. But people change. And pay attention to what you don’t see. You don’t see any high-profile Republicans switching to the democrat party. What does that tell you?
🔥 More signs of life in Texas! The Center Square ran a story yesterday headlined, “Texas GOP leadership nearly unanimously calls on Speaker Phelan to resign.”
Now that Attorney General Ken Paxton had his day in court and was fully vindicated, the Republican Party of Texas approved a resolution last week calling for odious Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign or else face a vote to vacate the chair. Phelan is under fire for starting the failed impeachment effort against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the Texas House. Even better, the GOP’s vote tally was a whopping 58-2 in favor of the resolution.
Here’s what the Senate Republican Executive Committee’s resolution said:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls on Speaker Dade Phelan to step down from his leadership role as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and to allow a new Speaker to be elected after a caucus vote in accordance with the Republican Party of Texas Platform; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that should Speaker Dade Phelan fail to step down from the Speaker chair for this upcoming special session, the Republican representatives should vote to vacate the chair and allow for a new Speaker who has pledged to honor and support the priorities and principles of the Republican Party to be elected.
The resolution also complained about Speaker Phelan appointing nine Democrats “to chair important legislative committees, in direct defiance of the wishes of Republican voters” and defying the GOP’s legislative priorities. Several Texas county GOPs have also recently passed resolutions censuring Phelan for the same reasons.
Phelan says he has no intention of resigning. Get ready for some good old fashioned Texas political fireworks.
🔥 Finally, Tucker Carlson gave an interview to Switzerland’s Weltwoche this weekend. Topics ranged from his sudden and unexpected departure from Fox News to things like Biden’s mental incompetence, Ashley Biden’s diary alleging Joe’s molestation, and Larry Sinclair. Out of all of it, I thought you’d enjoy this final, optimistic bit the most:
Weltwoche: In general, what gives you hope in a rather worrisome time, looking into the future?
Carlson: “That the stakes have suddenly gotten so high that smart people are rethinking their assumptions. I see it all around me. I see people all around me asking themselves, “I used to believe this. Is it still true? Was it ever true? What is the truth?” People are focused on questions of truth and falsehood, I think, much more deeply than they ever have been, and that's a good thing.
I also see an awakening of spiritual awareness and religious faith in the United States that I think is great. Not everyone is reaching the same conclusions that I'm reaching, but that's okay. It's better than thinking that Amazon's going to make you happy, because Amazon is not going to make you happy, actually. That's not true. That's a lie. And more and more people seem to be concluding that it's a lie, and I think that's a great thing.
There's this idea that somehow the main threat to our happiness is from religious people. That's absurd. The main threat to our happiness is from people who think they're God. They're the dangerous ones. I'm much more comfortable around religious people. I'm a Christian, but they don't have to share my views.”
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